A 48-year-old Chicago man was arrested after an altercation with police officers as he tried to save his dog from his burning home.
Samuel Lee Bassett, an Air Force veteran and lighting designer, reportedly got into a fight with officers on Friday night as he was attempting to run inside and save his beloved dog from the inside of his home as it burned. Sadly, the dog died, and Bassett was arrested at the scene.
Following the incident, Bassett was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting a peace officer. Bassett reportedly punched one of the officers in the face during the altercation, and another officer allegedly hit Bassett in the face with a pair of handcuffs.
Bassett reportedly refused medical care at the scene for the cuts on his face.
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“They kept trying to keep him out of the building 'cause it was unsafe for him to go in,” Deputy Fire Commissioner Mark Nielsen said. “He wanted to go in.”
Bassett reportedly has no prior criminal history and is due to appear in court at some point during the coming week.
Reports also note that three firefighters suffered minor injuries as a result of the fire at Bassett’s home.